CBS and Turner executives confirmed today that Charles Barkley will be part of their joint coverage of the NCAA tournament starting this March.
Marv Albert is also expected to call some early round games and Barkley and Kenny Smith to offer analysis from the studio under the 14-year, $10.8 billion deal the two companies signed in April.
Tournament games will air on CBS and three of Turner’s cable channels: TNT, TBS and truTV. Sports chiefs Sean McManus of CBS and David Levy of Turner said at the Sports Media & Technology conference in New York that the companies would combine their rosters of basketball commentators.
CBS will have the Final Four each year through 2015, so the network’s lead team of Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg in the national semifinal and championship games, although a third person could join the crew.
Nantz will be calling the March 15 opener on truTV.